This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

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“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Taming The Lion: Stay Focused on Priorities

To tame a lion you must be focused on your task and know how to use the right tools.
The lion tamer has three tools to control the prowling beasts: a whip, a stool, and a handful of tasty snacks. But which of these tools is most valuable? You might think it's the whip, but it's not. It's the stool. When the lion tamer lifts the stool to face his snarling companions, the lions see all four stool legs and don't know which one to focus on. As a result, they stand frozen, enabling the tamer to keep them at bay. 
Unfortunately, the same can happen to you when you try to focus on too many things at once--you become unable to take action on any of them. Lack of focus significantly impairs your ability to lead and stick to your plan.

The lion tamer is successful when he focuses on keeping the lions unfocused, or under control.

Here are two simple tricks to help you clarify your goals:

Sharpen Your Priorities by Thinking in Threes
Thinking in threes is a powerful way to simplify priorities... simplify your values, measures, strategies, action plans, or message points.

Truth be told, the precise number is less important than the clarity this process creates....
have a few clear values that [you] can remember and apply.

Sharpen Your Focus by Deciding on One
Your most important decision today is to decide what is most important: your "one thing."

Each day, week, month, and year, you have one task that has a disproportionate impact on your goal for that day, week, month, or year. Your one thing is the task that most directly helps you achieve your goal. In other words, if you complete your one thing for today, even if lots of other tasks are not completed, your day is still a victory. By the same token, if you don't get it done, your day is a failure, no matter what else you've accomplished.

So figure out your one thing for today by asking yourself, "What is most important thing I can do right now?"

Decide on your priorities and narrow your focus, and you will see the results.

- with excerpts from "Stick With It" by Lee J. Colan, Ph.D., 

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